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Prognostication Is My Business: Week 3 in the 2012 NFL

Does anyone like Thursday night games? I know the players don’t as several will miss the games with injuries that typically take a full week to almost heal and I’m pretty sure the fans don’t even like it. They can only be seen on the NFL Network and your team will only be on there once a year, which is hardly a reason to switch to dish and they completely ruin Sundays if your team is playing. To be perfectly honest I don’t even like Monday Night Football. I like my Sundays. I digress. The Patriots nearly came from behind, but still lost, in a game they were favored by nearly two touchdowns while the Giants completed the comeback and won by a touchdown. Buffalo had no need for a comeback as they blew out the Chiefs and the Jets had no chance as they were stifled by the Steelers. Let’s see how they will fare this week.

@ Carolina Panthers -2.5 New York Giants

This is an awful spot for the G-Men. Hakeem Nicks, David Diehl, Ahmad Bradshaw and Domenik Hixon are all out. They are on the road against a dynamic player in Cam Newton who can eat up defenses. The reasons why the Panthers are favored is obvious and as a prognosticator I think it’s the safe bet, but induldge me for a moment and I’ll tell you why as a fan I believe they will win. We still have Eli Manning and Victor Cruz. I don’t think Bradshaw is a feature back, so that isn’t a huge loss. They haven’t had the same offensive line seemingly since 2008. Newton is prone to make mistakes in the form of interceptions so the name of the game is contain and force him to pick apart the secondary. Big Blue is a more seasoned team and can take advantage of the up and coming Panthers. Plus the Giants always do the opposite of what you think they will.

New York Jets -2.5 @ Miami Dolphins

Anything can happen in road games and more importantly in divisional games. The Jets look like a mediocre team this year, which is more than you can say for the fish. Sure both teams are 1-1, but the Dolphins had the luxury of playing a west coast team on their home turf, where they all have trouble adjusting to the new time zone. The Jets will have no such problem and will move the ball on that weak d like an offensive lineman on a buffet. Ryan Tannehill will have more growing pains. Off the field he was winning the battle with his smoking hot wife Lauren, but the Jets are pulling closer as Mark Sanchez is dating Eva Longoria. Or are they winning?

Buffalo Bills -3 @ Cleveland Browns

I’m back in on the Bills. Well in certain situations like playing quite possibly the worst team in the league. CJ Spiller is my proudest prediction thus far. Have I mentioned that yet? I think I may have. I believe that Fitzy will have a big game passing for 300 plus yards while there is another dominating performance for everybody’s favorite losers.

@ Baltimore Ravens -3 New England Patriots

My how the mighty have fallen. The Pats looked like they would roll through this season straight into their second straight Superbowl. We knew they would lose a couple, because everyone does, but the Arizona Cardinals? Now the world has lost faith in this squad as they are road dogs. The Ravens lost last week too remember? I think that Belichick has had this game circled on his calendar for months and will be prepared to baffle Flaco, shut down Ray Rice and allow Tom Brady to do what he does best. Pats win on the road.

-Erik

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Like A Boss Week Two

In a complete reversal from week one, the week two Like A Boss award nominees come from the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. It’s pretty simple. You win and you get nominations. You lose and you get mercilessly left out. So let’s get to those nominees.

1 – Eli Manning

He certainly didn’t look Boss-like in the first half when he was completing more passes to the Buccaneers than his Giants teammates but the new king of comebacks turned it on in the second half. Peyton’s little brother was actually able to bounce back from those turnovers to finish with 510 yards passing and three passing touchdowns while leading the team to 25 points, that’s right 25 points, in the fourth quarter. To put that in perspective 15 teams (including Peyton’s Broncos) didn’t score 25 points in the four quarters they were involved in.

2 – Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz

These two get co-nominations since they both were unbelievable against Tampa Bay. Eli wouldn’t have had  the game he  had without Nicks and Cruz catching any and all objects thrown in their direction. Rumor has it that Cruz caught a cornerbacks mouth guard that flew out on a running play early in the second quarter. Nicks caught 10 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week and Cruz caught 11 passes for 179 yards and a score. It’s really a toss up who was more important which is why these two will share the nomination just like they share Eli’s passes.

3 – C.J. Spiller

If you haven’t read the Bills recap for this week then you missed out on my gushing about Clifford Spiller and his single-handedly carrying my fantasy team, oh and the actual team he plays for, this past weekend. With Fred Jackson down, Spiller was given the reigns to the offense and racked up 123 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries. Plus he caught a few passes for 47 yards.  Now if we can just figure out a sick nickname for him he will officially ascend into a stratosphere a Bills player hasn’t been in in a long time.

And the award goes to:

Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz!

Did I mention that Nicks was playing with an injury that will keep him out this week? Did I mention that both had games that would make Jerry Rice jealous? Did I mention that Nicks was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week? Well who am I to question what the NFC has already awarded.

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The Kneel Down Heard Round the League

Tommy Coughlin was fired up. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New York Giants 41 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34

Giants fans I was right there with you. “Are you kidding me?” was the first half. “Here we go again,” was the second half. Can’t they ever make things easy on us? My father, who went to see both of the Superbowls under Bill Parcels, told me long ago that it doesn’t matter how you win, a W is a W. Big Blue has never played well with a lead, they can look absolutely horrible against bad teams, and mediocre against great teams, but they’ve been to five Superbowls and won four. This Sunday we watched them play to the level of their opponent as usual and emerge with another fourth quarter victory.

Eli Manning had a rough quarter. In fact both Manning brothers threw three picks in a quarter this past weekend. Unlike big brother, Eli was able to complete the comeback as he was near perfect in the fourth quarter. It was a huge day through the air as Manning racked up 510 yards with nearly 200 going to Hakeem Nicks. Victor Cruz had a bounce back game with 11 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown. Martellus Bennett even got in on the action providing a score to go along with 72 yards. These are the kind of performances you can only find when the team is trailing the way Big Blue was after the three early turnovers.

It was the tale of two halves for Eli Manning on Sunday. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

So what changed? Manning didn’t suddenly get more accurate. Ahmad Bradshaw went out with a neck injury bringing in Andre Brown. Now I’ve never been a big fan of Bradshaw as he is often hurt and middle of the pack in terms of production. The running game hasn’t been there much at all since last season, but when Brown came in the game he got it going for 71 yards averaging nearly 5.5 per carry. When watching the games on television with the national announcers they are quick to point out the lack of continuity, health and push on the offensive line, but listening to the game on radio with Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross, who are around the team constantly, they point out several plays designed to one side that Bradshaw will cut back and not follow his blockers. Hopefully the other backs like Brown and the rookie David Wilson, who is currently relegated mostly to kick returning after his week one fumble, will help this line gain confidence and help open the passing game.

Defensively the secondary looked out matched against Vincent Jackson especially in the first half. They made adjustments throughout the game and even got two picks off of Josh Freeman. Jason Pierre Paul and Chase Blackburn each picked up their first sack of the season. Normally giving up 34 points is an extremely poor defensive performance, but here there was one touchdown scored by the opposing defense and they were faced with short fields. In the second half the Giants won 27-10. And the one touchdown was scored on a very well covered route, but the ball bounced off the helmet of Justin Tryon, who really played a very nice game.

The real story coming out of this game had nothing to do with all of what I’ve talked about thus far. It was the final play of regulation as Big Blue lined up in victory formation to take one final kneel down, as they had done to close out the first half, and what looked like a formality turned into a controversy. The Bucs went for it as they bowled over the offensive line looking to create a fumble for the last ditch effort of a scoop and score to tie the game. It didn’t work and Tom Coughlin was mildly perturbed with rookie head coach Greg Schiano’s tactics.

I believe there is no right or wrong here. The line could have prepared themselves to make one more block, but the Bucs were making a desperate move. It had nothing to do with playing until the final whistle because in the same game they allowed the Giants to kneel to end the first half. I don’t like the fact that they did it as I believe they should have taken the defeat like men, but there was certainly nothing wrong with it.

-Erik

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Prognostication Is My Bussiness: Week 2 in the 2012 NFL

Thank goodness for the New England Patriots. If it weren’t for the hall of fame tandem of Mr. Brady and Coach Belichick both Phil and I would have totally struck out on the opening weekend. Buffal Oh No! I was nervous about that pick going into the game and they showed us why. Rex Ryan may actually know what he’s doing? And leave it to the New York Football Giants to be the first team in history to lose a slam dunk home opener post Superbowl championship. It’s always interesting here in the northeast where we shrug off losses like these and keep our sights set on the playoffs.

@ New York Giants -7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Have to believe the G-Men will rebound this weekend. They can’t start the season 0-2 at home and with an extra three days of rest and preparation, they will come out hungry. I think this Tampa team is much closer to the 10-6 team of two years ago rather than their putrid four wins last season, but this is a really bad spot for them. Victor Cruz dropped a few sure catches last week so you have to be worried about a sophomore slump. HOWEVA, he dropped a couple in the opener at Washington last season and was written off as fans clamored for Steve Smith. How’d that work out? Big Blue will be fine.

@ New England Patriots -13.5 Arizona Cardinals

Oh it is so tempting to say that no NFL team can win by two touchdowns. HOWEVA, these New England Patriots don’t play by those rules. The Cardinals are still trying to figure out who they are and who their quarterback is for that matter, but the Pats know exactly who they are. They are the Superbowl runner-ups (zing). That makes them angry and I almost feel bad for the teams on their schedule. With a revamped defense and an improved running game they will dominate the line of scrimmage, time of possession and, most importantly, the scoreboard.

@ Buffalo Bills -3 Kansas City Chiefs

I may not claim to know very much about the NFL, but I do know that good teams bounce back at home and you should never put too much stock in any individual game. HOWEVA, I didn’t like what I saw at all from the Bills last week. I don’t think they’re a good team, so the first rule doesn’t apply and they looked small compared to the Jets, which doesn’t get better. This KC team remembers what happened last year and after seeing what happened last week they are licking their chops. It’s going to be a rough couple weeks for the Bills, but give it a few weeks for CJ Spiller to really establish himself and for the coaching staff to put together a better game plan. Just not this week.

@ Pittsburgh Steelers -5 New York Jets

Do you think the 2012 Steelers are a good team? I’m really not sold. They are aging defensively and have some serious issues on the offensive line. In many ways they remind me of the New York Giants, but I don’t have a vested interest in their success, so I have my doubts. HOWEVA, I really did like what I saw from the Jets week one and it wasn’t the ground and pound. It was the uptempo short throws with a balanced running attack to set up play action. The defensive front line was unimpressive, but nobody can bring down Big Ben. If Revis plays, I think the Jets can win it. Either way it’s a field goal difference.

-Erik

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The Opening Line

It’s finally here. The humidity has broken, a few leaves are hitting the ground and tonight at the Meadowlands the Giants and Cowboys will start the 2012 NFL season. I just found out I will be working during the game, but I’ll have a radio at my disposal and Bob Papa is one of the best in the business. Since the prime time NFL games usually run till 11:30, I will get to watch most of the second half. Although there’s really no need since this game was decided once the G-Men hoisted the Lombardi trophy at the end of last season.

New York Giants -3.5 Dallas Cowboys

Reigning champs have been awarded the home opener for the past nine seasons and so far have never lost. That being said the Giants have an irritating knack for losing gimmie games. (Seattle Seahawks at home a season ago.) However, with Jason Witten being a game-time decision with a lacerated spleen and the Cowboys having the worst looking offensive line in football, Big Blue can’t mess this one up. I think the line is very close to accurate and we know it can be an epic shootout when these two quarterbacks go head to head. Giants fans make sure your viewing area is prepared for foul language, thrown remotes and kicked dogs because it will not be the walk in the park other teams would make it. Final score: 31-27.

-Erik

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Five Giant Questions

Despite the beds the Giants were back in Albany to prepare to defend their title.

Tomorrow marks the first day of the NFL season as the reigning Superbowl champion New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys. The G-Men will begin their defense of the title missing a few heroes from this past season and some new faces looking to fill their shoes. No team goes into the season without a few questions and before I give my official prediction for the opener I will ask and try to answer some of those facing Big Blue.

1. Can the Giants produce more consistency in the running game?

Ahmad Bradshaw is an above average back, but last season the Giants ranked near the bottom of the league in rushing yards. Obviously this didn’t hurt their ability to win games when it mattered because Eli Manning took the next step forward in his progression by putting the team on his shoulder pads, but can he do it again? Let’s face it at 9-7 they were lucky to get into the playoffs and thanks to some key defensive players getting healthy put together an impressive run

Can David Willson be this year’s breakout rookie and stabilized the running game? (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

through the post season. This year the Eagles will get better as they have a second season with the same players and coaching staff with last season being a transitional period. The Giants will need the ground game to take time off the clock to put away teams in the fourth quarter. Bradshaw hasn’t shown the ability to stay healthy, but the rookie David Willson looks to make an impact immediately.

2. Who will be the leading receiver this season?

Victor Cruz was an unbelievable breakout star for the Giants last year. It was his ability to turn underneath routes into home-run plays that helped turned the tide of many games in the favor of New York. Fans have to be a little wary of the sophomore slump, but I don’t think that will be a problem. Cruz has now had a full training camp and what he does well doesn’t disappear. He is a precise route runner with elusive speed who showed last season during the playoffs what he could do even when teams began game planning against him. I expect Cruz to start slow as Hakeem Nicks works his way back from injury and without Mario Manningham to provide a proven third option. This is the make or break year for Ramses Barden, who did have a good camp, but we’ll see if that can translate to the playing field. I don’t believe it will. Reuben Randle however is someone to be excited about. He was a steal at the bottom of the second round and could make a big impact when called upon. All that being said by week four I anticipate Nicks will have a breakout game and Cruz will establish himself as Manning’s favorite target.

3. Can the aging D-Line stay healthy?

It wasn’t until Osi and Tuck both got healthy at the same time that the Giants started making people notice how good this team was. JPP had a breakout year as he saw less blockers early in the year then, when he garnered more attention, the healthy veterans took over down the stretch. If Tuck and Osi can be on the field for double digit games this year I predict JPP will lead the league in sacks. He is still relatively new to football and he is learning. Similar to Cruz I believe a full camp will help JPP emerge as the most dominant defensive force in the NFL this season. Jared Allen, DeMarcus Ware, your time is over. However, if he doesn’t have a full complement of defensive lineman around him it will be a difficult season.

2. Will there be a Superbowl hangover?

No team has repeated as champion since the Patriots in ’04. Cruz wrote a book and made more appearances on talk shows than his distant relative Tom

Can Tommy Coughlin keep Big Blue focused all season? (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Cruise. Hopefully he was studying the playbook in his off days. My favorite line from The Dark Knight Rises comes from Bane when he is kicking the living crap out of Bruce Wayne and he bellows: “Victory has defeated you.” That is the danger of becoming complacent with success. Becoming wrapped up in everything off the field. There are two people who won’t fall victim: Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning. I think they will set the tone in the locker room this season and if 2008 is any indicator of how they handle success, they will be just fine. As long as nobody shoots themselves.

1. How will the Giants fare this season?

My completely biased opinion: 11-5. In typical Giants fashion there will be highs and lows, but in the end they will return to the playoffs and look similar to the world beaters they were in 2008.

-Erik

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It’s Hard Out Here for the Champs

Super Mario is headed for the West Coast. How will the Giants fill the open slot? (Photo: US PRESSWIRE)

Last off-season the headlines for the New York Football Giants were all about the losses. Steve Smith, Kevin Boss and Barry Cofield all left for free agency and when training camp finally opened there were more injuries than snaps. So far this off-season it is the same story. All losses with no additions.

The big blow came when the Giants decided to let go Brandon Jacobs. I have been Jacobs’ biggest supporter throughout his decline because of his potential. In many ways his career with the G-Men was similar to that of Jeremy Shockey. At first both were intimidating figures who could make plays by bulldozing smaller players in the secondary, but after a couple seasons both seemed hesitant to do so. I’ve said that when BJ is running right he is the “Baddest Man in the NFL,” but this season we didn’t see much of that man this season. His presence on the team could ignite his fellow players to either step up their intensity or hang their heads in shame as he shot off his mouth. Jacobs gets a lot of credit for the end of the season run when he started taking the Jets game personally and put the chip on the Big Blue shoulder pads. As a character he will be missed, but as a back the Giants will move on.

This move is concerning because of the fragility of Ahmad Bradshaw. Analysts talk about the great ground game for the Giants, but last season it was a myth. Bradshaw has had difficulties with his feet in recent years and it is a concern as to how many games he will be available for over the coming years. Also I don’t believe he is a premier feature back. That’s just my opinion and I think his stats back it up with only one season of 1,000 plus yards. Even worse is DJ Ware, the current third string running back. He hasn’t come in and made the kind of impact that Bradshaw had in 2007 when he completed the Earth Wind and Fire trio. The Giants will probably look to pick up another back either through free-agency with guys like Joseph Addai, Cedric Benson and Ryan Grant available, or through the draft.

For the second time in the Giants’ past two Super Bowls the man who made the catch won’t be returning. Mario Manningham signed with the San Francisco 49ers with seemingly little competition from Big Blue. During the post season run Manningham became an important part of the receiving core as teams focused heavily on Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. While this shouldn’t be a major blow, it does leave a position that needs to be filled. Domenik Hixon has been resigned coming off his second knee surgery. I have never been a believer in Hixon as a receiver because he hasn’t shown the route running ability nor separation to be a starting wide receiver. Signing big name free agents has never been the Giants game and I don’t expect a significant amount of money to be spent here.

Taking a page out of the Jets book the Giants went out and filled the most important position on the bench: backup quarterback. David Carr will be coming back to do what most backups do while he holds the clipboard and rocks a backwards hat. On the defensive side of the ball it looks like the Giants will bring back Osi Umenyiora despite the tumultuous negotiations of the off-season. With Osi on the D-line there is no question the Giants were a better football team and look to continue that for one more contract.

-Erik

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Brady Region: #1 Tom Brady versus #16 Victor Cruz

Tom Brady and Victor Cruz have a few things in common despite the big difference in seeding. They’re both rags to riches stories whose names weren’t called near the top well even near the middle of their respective NFL Drafts. In fact Cruz was undrafted. Also they have each won at least one Super Bowl. That’s about where the similarities end.

They’re have been two once in a generation talents at quarterback over the last decade and the New England Patriots are lucky enough to have one of them. Who knew that the Jets would bring Tom Brady and the reign of terror that has been the New England Patriots in the AFC East when they knocked Drew Bledsoe out of a game and the Patriots were forced to bring in a scrawny kid out of Michigan. Since then Brady has torn through the NFL winning three Super Bowls (and making it to five), winning two MVP awards and leading the league in just about every major passing category there is over his career including the single season record for passing touchdowns (50) during the 2007-08 season. So yeah he’s pretty good.

Victor Cruz and his salsa dancing exploded over the NFL this season and was the surprise of the season and the Giants magical run to the Super Bowl. Really the only thing that could have made the season is if he caught a ball on his helmet, as all great Giant receivers are taught to do. Look at this stat line; 80 receptions, 1536 yards, 9 TDs and a 99 yard touchdown reception.  That’s Cruz’s first season, it remains to be seen if he can keep up that sort of production but if you’re not a fan of larger sample sizes he might be the best Giants receiver….ever.

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The Road Warriors

Super Mario comes up with the clutch catch of the game. (Pat Semansky | The Associated Press)

New York Giants 21 New England Patriots 17

Euphoria and jubilation has spread to all fans of Big Blue. Those who left them dead and buried with horrible losses during the season and those who believed all along that Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning were the right men for the job can all share in this Super Bowl Championship.  I remember in high school when my colleague and resident Boston fan told me when the Patriots won the Super Bowl was one of the greatest moments of his life and I didn’t believe him. In 2007 I found out it was true and last night I was reminded of how amazing sports can be.

Greatness was never guaranteed for this team. As a fan I gave up on them in the preseason when they failed to make any free agent signings even as the injuries piled up. Phil was a little more optimistic, but Super Bowl? Not a chance. Despite the doubts, when the Giants beat the 49ers to secure a spot in the big game, there were plenty of believers to be found. Coach Coughlin said a few weeks ago there wasn’t even a band wagon to jump on, but going into the Super Bowl there weren’t any seats left. It felt as though the G-Men were favored they got so much support from fans and the media. When the game began the Giants’ offense stalled on the first drive, giving up two sacks of Manning. Punter Steve Weatherford, who had a solid postseason, bailed out the offense by pinning Tom Brady and the Pats offense on their own six yard line.

The defense only needed one play to get the G-Men on the board for the first points of the game. The secondary locked down New England’s receivers, giving Justin Tuck time to work on their offensive line and break through to force an intentional grounding penalty resulting in a safety. With a baseball-like 2-0 lead, the Giants went on a clock-crunching scoring drive as Manning hooked up with Victor Cruz to put the patriots in a 9-0 hole in the first quarter. It looked as though the G-Men were in control, but the Patriots got a field goal and orchestrated a touchdown drive to take a one point lead into the half.

When Madonna came out and got the audience striking poses, the mood of Giants’ fans was defeated. Big Blue had dominated the half yet trailed and Brady was getting the ball back to start the third quarter. A quick note on the halftime show, it was awesome. Finally I think they really nailed it. After last year’s painful performance from the Black Eyed Peas, it looked like they went to lip synching, which made for better music quality. The pageantry was impressive, creative and very bright with lots of gold to excite and dazzle the eyes. We’ve had to sit through some horrible halftime shows to get to this one, but I’m glad it added to an already perfect game.

When the Patriots went out for the second half and took an eight point lead, things started to look grim. The Giants responded with a field goal from Lawrence Tynes and then the defense broke through for their first sack. The pass rush, which was thought to be a strength going into the game, was a relative non-factor as the Pats were predictably prepared for it. Brady had plenty of time to throw all night, but that one sack seemed to hurt his non-throwing shoulder and he was not the same guy in the fourth. Sometimes you don’t have to do things a lot if you do it right the first time. Brady also didn’t get any help from his receivers as Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez had huge drops and the hobbled Gronkowski couldn’t beat Chase Blackburn on a route as Blackburn came up with an interception.

For the game winning drive it was business as usual with Manning and company. The signature moment was a perfectly thrown ball and an amazing catch from Mario Manningham. He redeemed himself from an earlier route where he continued to struggle with his relationship with the sideline. It was a fitting style of victory with the Giants wearing their road whites and winning on a fourth quarter drive it was a familiar scene.

Throughout this run I’ve been asking: “How the hell did we get here?” It really doesn’t matter now because the New York Giants and their fans stand atop the sporting world today. Over the coming days I will be attempting to answer that question in  a similar manner to the way I previewed this game. I will have to eat my words and give some credit to guys who I have been down on for most of the year. Some of it is fact based and easily identifiable, but with this team there is also the undefinable factors like luck, momentum and voodoo. We’ll take a look at all of that over the coming days. For now Giants fans, watch ESPN and enjoy the highlights all day as Pats fans will be avoiding sports and catching up on the best picture nominees. Enjoy The ArtistNew England, New York will be watching Super Bowl XLVI for a long time to come.

Manning and Coughlin punched their tickets to Canton.

-Erik

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The Giants’ Road to the Super Bowl: Day 5

It is so close I can practically hear Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth calling the game. When I close my eyes I see David Tyree securing the ball against his helmet, Lawrence Tynes sending it through the uprights in San Francisco and Green Bay, Brandon Jacobs trucking poor defensive backs who try to tackle him and Victor Cruz turning a 10 yard completion into a 99 yard touchdown. In short I’m pumped. Big Blue is playing at a high level and now that the Patriots fans are coming out to the woodwork we had a commenter suggest that they are afraid of heights, which is why they failed to repeat in 2008 despite rolling through most of the season. Truth is they’re afraid of fire arms with the safety off and the sweat pants they are carried in. Here is your fifth installment of “Why I know my team will bring home the Lombardi Trophy.”

Eli Manning

When planning out this feature I decided to save the best for last. This is Eli’s game to win or lose and he has the most riding on it. The Giants are doing it without a running game and while the defense is playing well now, let’s not make it out to be the 2000 Ravens or Mike Ditka’s Bears. This is absolutely the game that will define the younger Manning’s legacy and possibly pave the road to Canton when all is said and done. He is playing at the level right now that many questioned whether or not he could ever reach. He has practiced better ball security, has a favorable match up with his receiving core going up against the Pats’ secondary.

-Erik

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